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5 DIY Projects To Leave To Professionals

We do a lot of home DIY projects, but when in doubt, its always better to call in the pros.

A do-it-yourself project can be an empowering way to save money, provided you know what you’re doing. But making even one simple mistake could put a strain on your back and/or on your budget. Often, it’s best to go with common sense, put safety first and call a professional.

When to call in the professionals

Here are five types of home improvement projects that are best left to the experts.

1. Plumbing or electrical projects – There’s a reason these are skilled trades. Both systems are complex, no matter how straightforward a repair may initially appear. Even small leaks can cause serious water damage, and faulty electrical wiring can lead to a house fire. Don’t risk flooding or electric shock. Call a plumber or hire an electrician to make sure these jobs are done right the first time. Learn when it’s a good time to replace your water heater.

2. Renovations with possible code violations – Structural changes require a licensed contractor. Not only can shoddy craftsmanship severely affect your home’s value, but it can also put your family in danger. Accidentally removing a load-bearing wall, for example, could cause an entire room to collapse. Why take the risk?

3. Repairs involving heights – More than 130,000 ladder-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year. Roofs are very steep and hard to work on, so if you’re looking at a roof repai, consider calling a professional before attempting to complete the job yourself.

4. Tree removal – If you have one or a few trees you want removed from your backyard, you should think twice before cutting them down yourself. It can be very hard to gauge the height of a tree, so a tree that you think is too short to hit your home could be just big enough to reach it. Cutting trees safely with a power chain saw is a delicate job involving complex angles and cuts. Leave this one to the tree experts, and both you and your home will be better off for it.

5. Time-sensitive projects – Weigh your work and family commitments before embarking on a home improvement project. Even if you’re confident in your abilities, the added pressure of a tight deadline can lead to unnecessary and often dangerous mistakes.

Remember, just because a DIY project looks simple doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and call a professional.

Can you think of other DIY home projects when it’s better to call a pro? Leave us a comment below.

2 Responses to 5 DIY Projects To Leave To Professionals

  • Great advice! My husband likes to ‘fix’ things around the house, but more often than not, he ends up calling a pro anyway.

    • Bev,
      I’m on the same page as your husband. Honestly, if it looks to be too far out of my range of working on it (electrical, plumbing) I’ll make a phone call.


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